Court news: Bemidji man arrested in Becker County with 'pen gun' and 468 grams of meth
As the agent was inspecting the unique-looking pen, an explosion went off. It was determined the pen was a "pen gun." When the tip of the pen was unscrewed, a .22 caliber shell casing was found, according to court records.
DETROIT LAKES — Levi Adam Westbrook, 29 of Bemidji has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree controlled substance crime and felony gun possession.
According to court records, on May 2, special agents with the Southeast Minnesota Gang and Drug Task Force were investigating a possible drug transaction in the area of Coon Rapids, Minn.
During the investigation, agents observed three vehicles meet in a parking lot, leave for a short amount of time, and then meet again. One of the vehicles was already being investigated for narcotics in southeast Minnesota.
After the meeting, two of the vehicles headed north in tandem, and the other headed south. The vehicle that was headed south was later stopped, and a large amount of methamphetamine was seized.
Based on this, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force directed law enforcement to stop the northbound vehicles.
One of the vehicles, a GMC Yukon, was stopped by a Hubbard County deputy on County Road 26 in Becker County.
Westbrook was a passenger, and he refused to comply with commands and struggled with law enforcement. During the struggle, a special agent saw a large bag of suspected methamphetamine on the passenger floor next to Westbrook's feet. After he was arrested, a large amount of cash was found in his pants pocket and the meth field-tested positive and weighed 468 grams.
Westbrook was previously convicted of felony second-degree controlled substance crime in 2017, which prohibits him from possessing firearms or ammunition. A special agent searched the vehicle and found a unique looking pen between the two front seats. As the agent was inspecting it, an explosion went off. It was determined the pen was a "pen gun." When the tip of the pen was unscrewed, a .22 caliber shell casing was found.
On May 4, cash bail for Westbrook was set at $250,000 or bond at $250,000, under standard conditions of release, or $500,000 bond with no conditions. He remains in the Becker County Jail. An omnibus hearing is set for July 11.